Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Unless you can clarify the force of what was done, no help can be given.
Sure, its not an up to date method, and I wouldn't be impressed with anyone booting my horse. I wouldn't call it abuse, nor would I call it training.
Abuse? No- the size of a human in comparison to a horse, and the speed in which they kick out, and kick each other is NOTHING. You'd have to get a very well aimed kick to get any tender spots. I saw my YO kick his stallion's 5th leg. Not hard, but to get him to put it away- disrespect.
Hoofpick.. you say stab, did it draw any blood? If so- that is abuse.
Although it is an unsavoury method of punishment, I wouldn't call it abuse. Before running to a new yard have you thought about talking to this trainer to prevent this happening to your horse and the reasoning WHY she did it?